Positive Slope???

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Frenz Cabison 1B
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Positive Slope???

Postby Frenz Cabison 1B » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:04 pm

Is it true that the slope of a tangent line for products is always positive? If so, why?

Farah Ahmad 2A
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Re: Positive Slope???

Postby Farah Ahmad 2A » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:11 pm

I believe that this is only true if it is a forward reaction going from reactants to products or a products favoring reaction, since in such cases products are produced, so the amount of products should be increasing leading to a positive slope of the tangent.

ConnorThomas2E
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Re: Positive Slope???

Postby ConnorThomas2E » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:31 pm

Like said before, the tangent can be negative if the reverse reaction is occurring. In this case, the products will be decreasing in their concentration, meaning that they have a negative rate of change.

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Re: Positive Slope???

Postby SPandya1F » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:43 pm

If the slope of the tangent line is positive, the forward reaction is favored. Because products are favored, the amount of products should be increasing. Thus, they have a positive rate of change.
If the slope of the tangent line is negative, the reverse reaction is favored. More reactants will be produced and the amount of products will be decreasing in their concentration. As a result, there is a negative rate of change.

Wenxin Fan 1J
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Re: Positive Slope???

Postby Wenxin Fan 1J » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:31 pm

For right now the tangent line will be positive since we are primarily looking at forward reactions as reactants proceed to products.


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